ACTOR - TEACHER - DIRECTOR - AUTHOR
Events for 2023
ART 14 - ON-GOING CLASSES - LEVEL 1+2 - ACTING & IMPRO
Starting MONDAY 6th FEB 2023 - every Monday until 3rd April (Easter Break)
6:30 - 9:30 - BOGAN HOUSE, Totnes. £15 (3hr session)
Book first by contacting me personally, as regular places are limited! CONTACT
LEVEL 2+3 - ADVANCED ACTING TECHNIQUES & IMPRO
SUNDAY 5th Feb, 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July (Summer Break)
11am - 2pm EXETER PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE, £24 (3hr session)
Please note that this class is for players who are interested in more serious challenges and want to take Impro and Acting Skills to another level of discipline and professionalism. To book a place contact CCSW ticket sales
NEW CREATIVE PROJECT (in planning) - LEVEL 3 only!
I am currently working in collaboration with CREATIVE CULTURE SOUTH WEST (CCSW), a company based in Exeter dedicated to making the arts more accessible in the South West UK. Together we are applying for ARTS COUNCIL funding.
What's the plan? To audition and find 8 players, who I will coach (free of charge) exploring what it takes to form a successful and sustainable CCSW IMPRO Theatre Company, with the aim of performing regularly in Exeter and at other key S.W. venues!
Please do feel free to CONTACT me, for more information.
IN DOUBT ABOUT YOUR LEVEL?
LEVEL 1 - little to no experience and just for fun!
LEVEL 2 - for players with experience of Level 1, who are serious about developing their skills.
LEVEL 3 - experienced & professional players only.
If still in doubt, CONTACT me and let's have a chat about your past experience and your aims.
A BIT ABOUT MY TEACHING METHODS?
When I started to teaching professional acting techniques years ago in Copenhagen, it became clear to me that my students weren't necessarily interested in becoming professional actors! They sensed that acting skills could give them more confidence in life i.e. life skills.
In response to this, I started developing ART14 - games and improvisation challenges that would free them up from any creative inhibitions, enable them to live life in a more playful, imaginative and courageous way, and bring the best out of each individual. After the Wall came down in 1989 I taught these same skills to people starved for creative autonomy and imaginative play from the East Block and witnessed similar amazing transformations.
One of the first questions I ask my 'players' is 'What is acting all about?' Most people answer - 'It's pretending to be someone else.' I say... it's actually about being yourself, all parts of yourself, the whole of YOU!!! And that's where the fun begins!
I combine IMPRO and METHOD acting techniques with a whole range of crazy games that anyone, from any cultural background, age (18yrs+) or need can join in with. There are 14 different levels of development, hence the name ART14, which mysteriously means 'the marriage of the opposites'.
My groups are intentionally small (6-9 players), so that I can give each individual the attention they need. If the group is willing to be even more creative, then we can organise experimental public performances to challenge the player's openness, creativity and daring.
I do also give one-to-one career advice, if someone wants to enter the profession, and I mentor players in audition pieces for top drama schools. Whatever level you want to take it too! Acting skills encompass so much of what it is to be human and alive today. I'd be very happy to meet you! Josephine
TESTIMONY by Peter Oswald
Then resident writer for the GLOBE, London, working 8yrs closely with Mark Rylance.
"I would like to recommend Josephine Larsen as strongly as possible for the position of mentor. When in 2001 I approached her with the idea of starting a theatre company, she invited me to attend her acting course, Art 14, which I did. I was then able to observe and experience her way of nurturing people, some of them very much lacking in self-esteem. I was extremely impressed by her ability to be both protective and adventurous, to enable people to go as far as they wanted in creative terms, and then, without knowing it, or regretting it, perhaps even further. She was not above expelling a threatening person from the group. On the other hand, I don't think she ever refused to admit anyone on the grounds that they were too hopeless or repressed or depressed! I had myself on numerous occasions tried to become a performer, but it was Josephine who finally enabled me to do this, with great benefits to me personally and professionally. She is both encouraging and realistic, two things that can only be combined through the medium of imagination. It is the realm of Imagination that Josephine is especially gifted in being able to access. She has thoroughly absorbed the work of Keith Johnstone among others, and added her own experience of so many years of professional performance. She has a wonderful understanding of the imaginative side of literature and life, and is gifted herself as a writer and storyteller. She has developed her abilities through Neuro-Linguistic Programming, but also through her work with Heart's Tongue, the company that we, together with various Art 14 students, went on to found. Developing a semi-professional theatre company requires both boundless optimism and stark realism; difficult things, as I have said, to combine. However, Josephine has succeeded in doing this, to the extent that the company is thriving and developing five years on. I am deeply aware that Josephine is driven by a belief in the transformational power of theatre, and not by narrow personal ambition. She is dedicated to seeking out and bringing to life the theatrical gifts latent in her community. She can find these gifts where few others can – in the depressed and the self-doubting, the wounded and the frustrated – and is able, with great warmth, humour, experience and discipline, to coax them out with the irresistible lure of the imagination." Peter Oswald